Chiukepo Msowoya emerged as the undoubted hero as Malawi came from behind to beat Guinea 2-1 in Blantyre. The victory took the Flames on to three points from four games, level with their opponents, whose slim hopes of reaching the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ were all but extinguished.
Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso, who have nine and six points respectively, will meet in Abidjan later today in the battle to claim the section's solitary berth at next year's global showpiece. The focus for Malawi and Guinea will now be to secure a top-three finish, which would qualify them for the CAF African Cup of Nations Angola 2010.
Oumar Kalabane had given Guinea a 38th-minute lead. However, Msowoya struck twice after the break to the delight of the home crowd.
Malawi will return to action on 10 October, when they will host a Côte d'Ivoire side to whom they lost 5-0 earlier in Group E. Guinea will entertain Burkina Faso one day later.